The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to routine medical care, causing many children to fall behind on scheduled immunizations. In order to protect individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and to prepare for the return to school, medical providers are urging parents to make appointments to resume necessary immunizations. At this time, all child-health related requirements for school attendance, remain in effect for children in public, private, or parochial schools, as per 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1.
Health-related examinations and immunization requirements are due no later than October 15 or an earlier specified date as determined by the district (to include a required 60 days prior notice). There is no language in the Code that differentiates on-site/physical learning vs. remote/distance learning. Districts should adhere to the current requirements as per 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1, and all students enrolled in school should show proof of appropriate grade-level requirements. Required physicals must be completed on the Certificate of Child Health Exam Form (completed in its entirety with required signatures). This form is acceptable to meet the requirements for a sports physical, but an IESA/IHSA sports physical form may not be used to fulfill the child health examination. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/forms/certificate-ofchild-health-examination-03032017.pdf
In preparation for the 20-21 school year, districts should encourage families to seek services from their healthcare provider or to visit the local county health department to ensure compliance with the state of Illinois health requirements for school attendance.
The Student Health Data reporting systems for immunizations and eye exams in IWAS are scheduled to open on September 1, 2020, with the 2021 Student Health Immunization and Eye Exam Webinar on September 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Registration is available at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1718224821785084430.
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